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minaret

[min-uh-ret, min-uh-ret] /ˌmɪn əˈrɛt, ˈmɪn əˌrɛt/
noun
1.
a lofty, often slender, tower or turret attached to a mosque, surrounded by or furnished with one or more balconies, from which the muezzin calls the people to prayer.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < French minaret, Spanish minarete, or Italian minarettoArabic manārah lighthouse, perhaps akin to nār fire
Related forms
minareted, adjective
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minaret

/ˌmɪnəˈrɛt; ˈmɪnəˌrɛt/
noun
1.
a slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer
2.
any structure resembling this
Derived Forms
minareted, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Turkish, from Arabic manārat lamp, from nār fire
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Word Origin and History for minareted

minaret

n.

1680s, from French minaret, from Turkish minare "a minaret," from Arabic manarah, manarat "lamp, lighthouse, minaret," related to manar "candlestick," derivative of nar "fire;" cf. Hebrew ner "lamp" (see menorah).

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Encyclopedia Article for minareted

minaret

(Arabic: "beacon"), in Islamic religious architecture, the tower from which the faithful are called to prayer five times each day by a muezzin, or crier. Such a tower is always connected with a mosque and has one or more balconies or open galleries. At the time of the Prophet Muhammad, the call to prayer was made from the highest roof in the vicinity of the mosque. The earliest minarets were former Greek watchtowers and the towers of Christian churches. The oldest minaret in North Africa is at al-Qayrawan, Tunisia. It was built between 724 and 727 and has a massive square form

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